1) Reading about interviews isn't a substitute for subject preperation. Read them for guidance but remember to do the work and know your subject materials.
2) Someone else's experience will not necessarily reflect your own. Most interviews are more like conversations than tests and, like any conversation, they can be highly personal.
Application outcome: Succesful - Direct offer
Interview type: Direct Interview
Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment; 2x interviews
Interview 1: topic of interest, subject questions; Interview 2: subject questions
Timed practice papers and questions
Don't worry if you get stuck!
1) Reading about interviews isn't a substitute for knowledge. Read them for guidance but remember to do the work and know your subject materials.
2) Someone else's experience will not necessarily reflect your own. Most interviews are more like conversations than tests and like, any conversation, they can be highly personal.
Remember this advice isn't official. There is no guarantee it will reflect your experience because university applications can change between years. Check the official Cambridge and Oxford websites for more accurate information on this year's application format and the required tests.
Read our subject resource guide for Natural Sciences (Biological). Keep an eye out for new interviews, we are adding them daily.
Test taken: Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA)
Number of interviews: 2
Skype interview: no
Time between interviews: about 1 hour 30 minutes
Length of first interview: 20 minutes; Length of second interview: 20-25 minutes
My interviewers were very friendly and made sure I'd visibly settled down before starting. My first one started off quite general with one of the interviewers asking me to outline a topic of interest, which we used as a springboard for further discussion.
The questions became more specific as we went on. It was very much a two-way dialogue throughout though; not just question-answer. In my second one we again discussed some questions.
To prepare for my test, I revised the AS/A-Level syllabus, did practice papers (under timed conditions), and went through questions
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If you get stuck in the interview, they may 'prompt' you. Don't be discouraged by this - remember, they want you to do well. Just try to listen carefully and if you need clarification, don't hesitate to ask. Sometimes you may find it's useful to use some pen and paper to help work through questions, so do use it if needs be. The key thing is to always verbalise your thought process because then it's easier for them to help you if you do get stuck. Last but certainly not least remember to convey how much you love your subject!
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